Los Angeles Lakers: Player grades through All-Star break

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11. Talen Horton-Tucker

Talen Horton-Tucker was traded to the Lakers on draft night of the 2019 NBA draft. He was someone the team was really high on and he had first-round grades on him. He slipped all the way to the 46th pick where the Orlando Magic snatched him up.

The Lakers only had to give up a 2020 second-round pick and cash considerations to get him. That is a steal considering the grades he had up until the draft. He has a lot of untapped talent that could be crucial to this team in the future.

His NBA time just isn’t right now. He hasn’t spent much time with the big squad, playing in only two games. Most of his season has been spent with the South Bay Lakers.

With the affiliate, he is averaging 17.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. His shooting splits are very mediocre at 41.5/28.2/75.4. His game is very raw, so it is good that he is getting so much game action against lower competition.

The Lakers would like to see him grow his game even more. He has the ability to be a good two-way player. But needs to polish his shooting and playmaking abilities.

You can’t give a true grade on what he’s done for the Lakers. So you grade on the potential that he’s shown while playing in the G League.

Grade: B-